Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Border surveillance ordered to curb sugar smuggling

SUGAR-DESTROYEDNAIROBI Kenya Sep 20 – Agriculture Secretary Felix Koskei has directed the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to intensify surveillance along the borders to stop the illegal importation of cheap sugar.

Koskei said smuggling of sugar is hurting local industries and subsequent increase of sugar prices and appealed to the authorities to ensure that all smuggled sugar impounded in the county is destroyed and not auctioned.

“We are asking KRA, KPA and sugar board to intensifying their surveillance, we want to see the situation that the daily stocks of in factories normalizes to nine metric tons per day,” he said.

Koskei revealed that the government has suspended importation of sugar from non commerce countries.

“The government is determined to ensure that any smuggled sugar in the country is stopped, all relevant government agencies have been alerted to save the sugar industry from collapsing, “said Koskei.

He said the more officers will be deployed at entry points including the Lunga Lunga border and Shimo in Kwale where a lot of sugar is smuggled from neighbouring country of Tanzania.

He said the daily stock of sugar in factories has increased to 27,000 metric tons up from 9,000 due to the excess of sugar in the market as result of illegal trade.

“The government is focusing ensure that the sugar produced is in the country is consumed to improve the welfare of farmers and to cushion Kenyans against high prices, “said Koskei.

He warned cartels behind the smuggling of sugar in the country that will be dealt with.

“We are going to pursue any unscrupulous dealers behind the businesses be it sugar ,rice, wheat commodities will be apprehended and face the law, all retailers and businessmen should follow the law ,”warned Koskei.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Other measure is to ensure that all factories submit the list of distributors for validation.

Click to comment

More on Capital Business

Executive Lifestyle

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – The country’s super wealthy individuals are increasing their holding of bonds, gold and cash, a new report by Knight...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi has urged members of the public to exercise extreme caution when making any...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi is set to own half of Centum Investment Company PLC, following a go-ahead...

Ask Kirubi

It is without a doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has caught the whole world by surprise. Although its full impact is yet to be...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Commercial Banks have been ordered to provide relief to borrowers on their personal loans, with loans eligible from March...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun17 – Kenya’s tea leaves manufacturer Kericho Gold, has been awarded the Superbrands Seal by Superbrands East Africa for their quality variety...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 – As the local telecommunications industry gears up to roll out 5G networks in the country, the Communications Authority of...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 22 – Airtel Kenya is offering free internet access for students in order to enable continued learning at home in the...